The V4 engine configuration is a special one for Honda, going back nearly 40 years. A complex, yet compact unit, it has a unique power delivery and a soul all its own. Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP machine uses a V4, as does the flagship sport-touring VFR1200F. It’s a powerplant woven tightly into Honda’s engineering DNA.
VFR800F - Overview
Two factors were key drivers for Honda’s engineers in development of the new VFR800F for 2014 – firstly, to retain and expand the essential VFR qualities that inspire so many, and, secondly, to update the new model with modern features and technologies.
Starting with the 782cc V4-VTEC engine, bottom and mid-range power were boosted, to strike the ideal balance of enjoyable sports riding and easy commuting. The VTEC transition was softened resulting in a smooth, strong and linear power delivery. Honda’s TCS (Traction Control System) was also added.
Extensive work went into making the new VFR800F lighter than its predecessor, a whole 7kg lighter in fact. A single exhaust muffler replaced the dual underseat design of the previous model and a host of detail changes saved weight.
A brand new Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, 43mm telescopic fork, radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers and redesigned wheels were hung from the quintessentially VFR twin-spar aluminium beam frame. Seat height was made adjustable by 20mm, ABS fitted as standard and – for the first time – a Honda Genuine Accessories shift assist system made available to bolt straight on.
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